(October 15, 2017) Dr Jim McClure respected theologian, continues his series on selected Greek words…
In Part 1 of this study we questioned the definition of ‘grace’ as ‘the unmerited favour of God’ as the phrase inadequately expresses the depth of meaning and significance of charis.
Some other inadequate definitions of ‘grace’ are as follows:
- ‘Grace is the empowering presence of God enabling me to be what God created me to be and to do what God has called me to do.’
There is much that is true in this definition but it is limited in its reach.
- ‘Grace is the unlimited life, power, gifts, abilities, and nature of God imparted to us by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the complete righteousness and the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, because of his love for us and his mercy toward us, to enable us to do all the will of God on earth here and now, with a victorious spirit of excellence, praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto God, thereby overcoming all things in order to go and make disciples of all nations.
This definition is essentially a more elaborate description of the previous one.
- ‘God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.’ Despite its appeal as an acronym, it fails as a definition.